The Unknown Zagreb of Marija Braut

26.07.2014 - 07.09.2014

 

 

 

Exhibition devised and curated by
Jasminka Poklečki Stošić

Authors of the exhibition and exhibition design
Sanja Bachrach Krištofić
Mario Krištofic

Coauthor of the exhibition
Tonko Maroević

Selection of photographs
Sanja Bachrach Krištofić
Marija Braut
Mario Krištofic
Tonko Maroević
Jasminka Poklečki Stošić

The Unknown Zagreb of Marija Braut is an exhibition in which the Art Pavilion in Zagreb offers the citizens of the town and all those who in the summer months will visit Zagreb the chance of a look at Zagreb as it was once when some of the vital parts of the city were being created, its roads, bridges and hotels… An exhibition that documents this kind of Zagreb through the photographs of distinguished Croatian photographer Marija Braut. The exhibition also makes the wish of the photographer herself, as expressed in a recent interview, come true: “I have received prizes and official commendations, but it means most to me why I see that my photographs are still current and topical. Recently in the library on Krvavi most in the Upper Town I saw an exhibition of my pictures of Zagreb taken as long ago as the 1960s. One day, someone is going to look at negatives of mine that are still unpublished, which I shall give to the museums and galleries, and will want to develop them and put on an exhibition. This will be the greatest recognition I can get.”

The exhibition comprises a hundred photographs, almost eight of which have never been published before. It was the intention of the Art Pavilion to show the public Marija’s photos of Zagreb that have never or seldom been exhibited. The emphasis in the selection was placed on the private archives of the photographer and the photographic archives of Zagreb City Museum in which there are several thousand negatives that Marija Braut donated. In a months-long selection process, a hundred or so negatives and contact prints were chosen, all of them casting a glance on the city that only the older generations of Zagreb people can remember. The exhibition is at the same time a gift of the Art Pavilion to our photographic icon, who will soon be celebrating her eighty-fifth birthday.

Marija Braut was born on August 7, 1929, in Celje. In 1941 she moved to Zagreb, where she took her high school leaving certificate and started to study architecture. She has been involved in photography since 1967. From 1967 to 1970 she was a pupil and assistant of photographer Tošo Dabac. She had her first individual exhibition in 1969 with Petar Dabac in the Student Centre Gallery in Zagreb. She has been a member of ULUPUH and Fotoklub Zagreb since 1969. She worked as a photographer in the City of Zagreb Galleries and after 1972 became a freelance artist. She has had over 100 individual shows and taken part in many collective exhibitions at home and abroad. She has published her works in papers, periodicals, catalogues of fine artists and in other publications. She has worked with the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, the Gavella Drama Theatre, the Kerempuh Satirical Theatre and the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Photographs by Marija Braut are held in the collections of Zagreb City Museum, the Museum of Arts and Crafts, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Croatian State Archives and so on. Marija Braut lives and works in Zagreb.

            

 

  

 

 

 

 

 
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